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Emergency Closure Policy

Please Note: A decision to close or delay opening the Montgomery County Circuit Court is made by the County Administrative Judge, and does not follow the decisions made by the Montgomery County Government or the Montgomery County Public Schools. In making the emergency closure decision, the judge is mindful of the fact that the court labors under a heavy burden of cases, and it can be seriously disruptive to litigants, witnesses, victims, and others if a court or clerk’s office is evacuated, closed, or delayed unnecessarily. Therefore, every effort is made to maintain regular business hours unless a delayed opening or closure is absolutely necessary.

If the Circuit Court experiences a delayed opening or closure due to weather or any other emergency event, the following resources will broadcast the information:

  • WMAL, NBC/News 4, Fox News Channel 5, WJLA-TV Channel 7, News Channel 8, WUSA-TV Channel 9, WTOP, WBAL-TV Channel 11.
  • A dedicated Circuit Court telephone number (240) 777-9399 with a recorded message of the closure.
  • Maryland Judiciary Information Line for emergency closings or delays located at
  • Alert Montgomery (be sure to register to receive alerts about the Montgomery County Circuit Court)

If a proceeding is scheduled on a day that the Circuit Court is unexpectedly closed, a notice from the Assignment Office will be mailed to all parties involved in the case with the rescheduled court date and time.

Montgomery County Circuit Court
50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM